Cosmetic dental treatment can help you improve your smile if you are dissatisfied with its current appearance. Tooth bonding is an efficient and less costly method of enhancing your smile. When you are happy with your smile, you can experience a confidence boost that can carry into other aspects of your life. Dr. Jim Lassiter, a dentist serving patients near Milton, FL, describes what you can expect from cosmetic dentistry treatment with bonding.
Do I need tooth bonding treatment?
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of your teeth. It can whiten patients’ teeth if they are yellowed, stained, or discolored. If a patient has crooked teeth, bonding can help teeth appear straighter. Bonding can also amend minor tooth damage, such as chips and cracks. While severe cases may require restorative dental work or orthodontics, bonding can amend minor issues with your smile.
What is the bonding procedure like?
If you and your dentist determine that tooth bonding is an effective treatment for you and your smile goals, your dentist will begin the bonding procedure by etching into the surface of your teeth. This is painless and might not require a local anesthetic. Your dentist will then apply a resin-like substance to your teeth and sculpt it according to your aesthetic goals. A concentrated light helps to seal the bonding to your tooth enamel. This procedure takes one appointment to complete, and you will be able to resume your normal activities once you leave the dentist’s office.
How long do the cosmetic benefits last?
Tooth bonding is not a permanent cosmetic treatment, but with proper oral hygiene and maintenance, the effects can last for three to ten years. Because this treatment is not permanent, it is more affordable than other cosmetic dental procedures. With bonding, you can enjoy cosmetic benefits for several years and then re-evaluate future treatment plans with your dentist. In this time, you can have a beautiful smile that can boost your self-esteem and inherently lead to a more positive outlook in your everyday life.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments near Milton, FL
Dr. Lassiter offers tooth bonding and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients near Milton, FL. Our practice also specializes in restorative and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 850.203.3318.